Donald Fagen is an American songwriter and musician who co-founded the rock band, Steely Dan. Donald Fagen Net Worth 2021, Biography, Career, and Achievement. He is likewise the group’s lead singer. Donald Fagen is an American musician and songwriter who has a net worth of $30 million. Keep reading for more details.
Donald Fagen began listening to jazz while he was in elementary school and subsequently learned how to play the piano and the baritone horn.
Early Life and Education
Fagen was born in Passaic, New Jersey, on January 10, 1948, to Jewish parents, Joseph “Jerry” Fagen, an accountant, and his wife, Elinor, a homemaker who had been a swing singer in upstate New York’s Catskill Mountains from childhood through her teens.
His family moved to the suburb of Fair Lawn around 1958 and soon after to a house on Bedford Road in the Kendall Park section of South Brunswick, New Jersey.
The transition upset him; he detested living in the suburbs. He later recalled that it “was like a prison.
I think I lost faith in [my parents’] judgment… It was probably the first time I realized I had my own view of life.” His life in Kendall Park, including his teenage love of late-night radio, inspired his later album The Nightfly.
Personal Life and Career
He went on to attend Bard College, where he majored in English Literature, but he continued to play music throughout college and began to work with various bands, eventually being hired by ABC/Dunhill Records, as a songwriter, along with his college classmate, Walter Becker.
The pair would go on to form the core of the band, Steely Dan.
After releasing three albums, Steely Dan disbanded but was resurrected with just Donald Fagen and Walter Becker in the mid-90s.
They released two more studio albums, the first of which won multiple Grammys, in the early 2000s. Donald Fagen has also pursued a successful solo career and has released four solo records to date.
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